Klein Opposition Mounting–Rhee and Others Should Pay Attention

August 1, 2007

I’m not close enough the ground to have a nuanced view of what’s going in New York schools, but it seems to me when The City Journal, Diane Ravitch, Deborah Meier, Edwize, and my step-father all agree, it is worth paying attention. And they all have huge beef with Joel Klein and Michael Bloomberg.

The critiques vary, but they sound similar themes: manipulation of test score data, over-emphasis on PR (press office at DOE has grown 400% says Stern in the City Journal), and disregard for views of parents, teachers, families.

And check this ed-reformers: based on the diversity of opposition, it would be a mistake to dismiss it as “the status quo resisting change.”

I don’t know whether it is too late for Klein to undo the ill will his approach seems to have generated, but Michelle Rhee in DC and other system leaders who seek to make change would do well to pay careful attention to Klein’s mis-steps as well as his successes.

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